Watch Video for “Navy & Cream” from U.S. Girls

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“Navy & Cream” is a highlight for us from an album stacked full of them and one of our favorite albums of last year, Half Free, from Meghan Remy’s U.S. Girls outlet. Created by artist and animator Emily Pelstring, the video comes with slew of dates that go all the way into September found below. For those yet to bite the bullet, you can head over to 4AD and purchase the LP now.

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Tour Dates:
March
5th – Divine Times, Sydney, Australia
6th – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia (w/ Sleater-Kinney)
7th – Whammy Bar, Auckland, New Zealand
9th – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, Australia
11th – The Croxton, Melbourne, Australia
12th – Golden Plains Festival, Meredith, Australia
14th – The Tote, Melbourne, Australia
18th – Shibuya O-Nest, Tokyo, Japan
19th – Veloso, Seoul, Korea
29th – Le Grand Mix, Lille, France
30th – Divan Du Monde, Paris, France
31st – Le Poudriere, Belfort, France

April
1st – Cooperative du Mai, Clermont-Ferrand, France
2nd – Les Trinitaires, Metz, France
3rd – Trix Vzw, Antwerp, Belgium
5th – Oslo, London, United Kingdom
6th – Bungalows & Bears, Sheffield, United Kingdom
7th – The Deaf Institute, Manchester, United Kingdom

May
5th – Bar “Le Ritz” PDB, Montreal, QC, Canada
7th – Kazoo Festival, Guelph, ON, Canada
12th – Mercury Lounge, New York, NY, USA
13th – Baby’s All Right, Brooklyn, NY, USA
14th – Half Moon, Hudson, NY, USA
20th – Vera Project, Seattle, WA, USA
22nd – Lucky Bar, Victoria, BC, Canada
24th – Doug Fir Lounge, Portland, OR, USA
27th – The Satellite, Los Angeles, CA, USA

June
4th – Primavera Sound, Barcelona, Spain
9th – NOS Primavera Sound, Porto, Portugal

September
2nd – End of the Road Festival, Salisbury, United Kingdom

Watch Leon Bridges’ Video for “River”

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“A river has historically been used in gospel music as symbolism for change and redemption. My goal was to write a song about my personal spiritual experience. It was written during a time of real depression in my life and I recall sitting in my garage trying to write a song which reflected this struggle. I felt stuck working multiple jobs to support myself and my mother. I had little hope and couldn’t see a road out of my reality. The only thing I could cling to in the midst of all that was my faith in God and my only path towards baptism was by way of the river.

When thinking about how to best visually represent this universal battle, I reflected on the depiction of black communities in our media and particular experiences within my own life. This video showcases the unique struggle many black men and women face across this country. However, unlike the captured images which tend to represent only part of the story, I wanted to showcase that through all the injustice, there’s real hope in the world.

I want this video to be a message of light. I believe it has the power to change and heal those that are hurting.”Leon Bridges

Leon Bridges unveils a new visual for “River”, the purifying gospel highlight from his 2015 album full of many highlights, Coming Home. The video was written and directed by Miles Jay. Watch below.

Bibio Announces New Album, Shares Video for New Song “Feelings”

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We are pretty stoked about the just announced seventh Bibio album, A Mineral Love, due out on April 1st through Warp Records. Late last year, he revealed the fragile track “Petals” and now, along with the LP details, has offered up a video for soft-funk jam “Feelings” sure to get some involuntary body movements happening for you. Find both below along with Stephen Wilkinson aka Bibio below regarding the concept of the album.

“This album celebrates the sacred and precious struggles of human insecurities through many windows of familiar musical forms. It’s also a celebration of my love of the craft of record making, drawing influences from many sources across all decades from the late sixties to the present. All these referential forms have a twist, some are more full on cocktails.

The album as a whole is an unashamed expression of my fondness of, and need for, variety. The juxtapositions between tracks are well considered and I’m comfortable with them – this is how I enjoy music. This is not a purist record, it is not trying to authentically recreate a specific time or genre but rather use familiar forms as a common language to communicate new ideas and new messages. I want to sing about struggle and tragedy with warmth, sympathy and respect. I want sadness to have bittersweet hope.

The whole album was made from scratch with no samples from other records. I partly want it to sound like sampled records but by crafting every single detail myself and colouring it to have familiar textures that resonates people’s forgotten memories. I enjoy the challenge of writing songs that reference the unique qualities and colours of music from different eras. It’s all guesswork though, I have no real reliable knowledge of why certain records sound the way they do, I taught myself how to play instruments, write music and produce. This album is my personal, filtered take on those forms and qualities. Some tracks are influenced by records I listen to often and some from ghosts of memories of things I heard while growing up, like 70s/80s American TV themes or 90s dance. Sometimes a filtered and tinted memory of a period is a more exciting source of inspiration than close study and mimicry.

I feel this album is built more from those memories and an exposure to music of many styles rather than close analytical study of any particular one. I think that’s why it all sounds like me, regardless of the deliberate references and nods to artists and records of the past. It is after all just a view through my stained-glass telescope.” – Stephen Wilkinson (Bibio)

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Pinkshinyultrablast Share Visual for “The Cherry Pit”

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St. Petersburg, Russia band Pinkshinyultrablast had one of the more promising releases last year with their debut Everything Else Matters. On February 26th, they waste no time on following it up with a new album named Grandfathered via ClubAC30. We have had the pleasure of listening to it and the band really builds upon the ideas of their debut taking their sound to even higher heights. The LP perfectly blurs the line between shoegaze and dreampop pulling off the quiet loud soundscapes immaculately. One of the many highlights is the abrasive, yet blissful “The Cherry Pit” for which they have unveiled a gorgeous video for directed by Jared Hutchinson. Watch below.

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Watch the Video for Yung Gemmy’s Chilled-Out “Cutest in the Game”

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We are just really getting acquainted with Yung Gemmy, however we do know that she hails from Adelaide, Australia and is “not a rapper” per her bio. She meshes colorful k-pop/j-pop aesthetics with both hip-hop and r&b (see her Soundcloud). “Cutest in the Game” is her latest track and feels a little like M.I.A. in delivery. Find the track along with the video below.

Watch the Video for Wistful New Song “No Woman” from Whitney

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Chicago’s Whitney is the musical partnership of ex-Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s Julien Ehrlich and ex-Smith Westerns’ Max Kakacek. The pair just unloaded one of the best tracks we have heard to date in this early year via Secretly Canadian and Lead Riders. Per Ehrlich, the song is “about losing the love of your life and being thrown into an aimless journey because of it.” With it, they also unloaded a visual directed by Hugh Donkin. Expect more from the project later this year.

Bleached Announce New Album, Share Video for New Song “Keep On Keepin’ On”

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On April 1st, LA’s Bleached will be releasing their sophomore LP, titled Welcome the Worms, via Bloomington, IN’s Dead Oceans. Created in the chaos of an eviction and broken relationship, the band feel more confident and in control that anytime before, if first reveal “Keep On Keepin’ On” is any indication. The song has a left-coast Ramones aesthetic to it and a appropriate message of perseverance given the personal challenges previously mentioned. You can pre-order the album here and watch the visual for the single below.

Tour Dates:
Mar. 15 – Sat. March 19 – Austin, TX @ SXSW
Mar. 29 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Velvet Jones
Mar. 30 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah
Apr. 2 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
Apr. 4 – Austin, TX @ Sidewinder
Apr. 5 – Houston, TX @ Walter’s
Apr. 6 – Dallas, TX @ Three Links
Apr. 8 – Nashville, TN @ The High Watt
Apr. 9 – Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn
Apr. 11 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Apr. 13 – Washington, DC @ DC9
Apr. 15 – Boston, MA @ Great Scott
Apr. 16 – Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz POB
Apr. 17 – Toronto, ON @ Garrison
Apr. 20 – Columbus, OH @ Double Happiness
Apr. 21 – Ferndale, MI @ Loving Touch
Apr. 22 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
Apr. 23 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
Apr. 25 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
Apr. 26 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
Apr. 28 – Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret
Apr. 29 – Seattle, WA @ Barboza
Apr. 30 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir
May 2 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
May 4 – Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room
May 5 – Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom
May 17 – Manchester, UK @ Gulivers
May 18 – London, UK @ Moth Club
May 19 – Brighton, UK @ The Great Escape Festival @ Horatios
May 20 – Amsterdam, NL @ Bitterzoet
May 21 – Eindhoven, NL @ Stroomhuis